Local Photographer to be featured in ISU exhibit
By Joy Dell Commack
Featured this week is local photographer Jeri Ahrendt of Arco. Jeri has
been invited to show her work at Transition Gallery in the ISU Student Building
in Pocatello from February 3 to the 14.
A catered open house will be held At the Gallery from 7:00 to
9:00 p.m.; The night of February 3. Jeri will be displaying approximately
25 framed Prints ranging in size from 8x 10 to 20x 30. Jeri is the only
photographer featured in the show. We in Arco are so pleased to see a hard
working Artist appreciated by others.
Jeri is the mother of two teen age boys, Nick and Brandon. Her parents are;
Doug Ahrendt and step father Rich Holbert and Sheryl, Davis, Snyder (deceased).
Jeri’s grandfather, Al Roessner, is a long time Arco resident and strong
supporter of his Granddaughters talent.
provides us with the most beautiful artwork in the world. A photographer
does his or her best to record that moment in time on film, for it will never
be the same again. A good photographer is always ready, loaded camera at
Jeri Arhendt is such a photographer. And, as she says in her slogan for her
business; Simply You Photography, nature is her studio. Jeri watches the
skies and weather conditions, knowing what will provide certain lighting
and effects she will pack up her dogs and take off for a late afternoon of
photo shooting, wondering off to find fields of flowers, interesting rock
formations, and bubbling streams.
Jeri is good. Her eye catches the perfect piece, and she
knows how to get the right angles for an interesting shot. Sometimes
it requires hanging over a bridge or a log on a creek bank. Sometimes it takes
climbing on top of her vehicle. Or sometimes it means lying flat on the ground.
Other times it just requires patience, waiting as the sky changes colors
as the sun prepares to set. And she knows to take advantage of those unexpected
moments when a wild creature wanders into the scene.
Of course, not
everything works. All of us who have taken our trusty cameras and gone on
a picture taking venture know that there are the pictures that are just plain
nothing, the pretty good ones, and those that catch your eye time after time
as you go through your finished prints. So what makes the difference? It’s
the combination of the lighting, the subject arrangement, camera angles, film
speed, resolution, and clarity. Yet fifteen good photographers could
take a photo of the same subject at the same time and each would end up with
an entirely different picture. The styles of an artist are as unique as each
person is unique, for we all see things though different eyes. Some people
are naturals, Jeri is. She has never had formal lessons in photography, but
has picked up ideas and techniques along the way. Jeri now carries two cameras
with her at all times. One is loaded with black and white film, the
other with color. So she is ready for anything. She will take one to three
shots of the same subject, making sure that she has the shot.
Jeri Ahrendt’s photos are eye
catching. Her pictures of our Rocky Mountain scenes capture the little things.
We relate to these for they are the little touches of nature that bring
us sublime pleasure as we walk along a creek bank or drive down a mountain
road. These are the places we choose to stop and eat our picnic lunches or
just to take a little break and enjoy the beauty. Jeri has the unique ability
to capture the
little things that silently touch our hearts and souls. She sees
the marvels of a sunset, the rocks to a bubbling stream, and the beauty of
a single tree.
One of Jeri’s most unique
and well known photos is of the lone tree by the Lost River Bridge on Highway
20 near the rest stop outside of Arco. When asked how she happened to choose
that subject Jeri said, “I was coming home and it was really foggy. I had
my camera with me and saw the tree. It just looked neat.” It is neat. It’s
a great photo.
Jeri doesn't need to travel far
to find an Interesting shot. The Lost River Valley has been her home. She
was raised here. And this is where she finds shots of mountains, streams,
sunflowers, and sagebrush. She has been doing photography for years, since
her parents, Rich and Sheryl Holbert, gave her a Pentax camera for high school
graduation. Rich was very helpful showing her the basics, how to set up a
shot, and how to work the camera. Jeri said it was the best gift he could
have given her, as photography became Jeri’s hobby and her passion. Jeri’s
mother, Sheryl, encouraged Jeri through the years, as Jeri’s work became finer
and finer. And, with sadness, Jeri said her good-byes to her last year, when
Sheryl succumbed to bone cancer.
Jeri has worked in the public for years. We
have seen her clerking in stores, tending bar, and waiting tables. With her
business, Simply Photography, she has been hired to doing wedding pictures,
graduation pictures, and family photos. We can find her work all over this
valley. Her hard work and persistence has paid off. Us a number of her prints
are now part of the decor in a large hotel Chain in Lake Tahoe. The upcoming
show at Transition Gallery is exciting for her. It has been a lot of hard
work, and Jeri says, ”I want you to mention that I couldn't have done this
with out the help of my Grandpa (Al Roessner).” Al is one of Jeri’s biggest
Who knows where Jeri’s photography will take her next. We do know that
Jeri’s work is well worth seeking out, and we wish her all the luck in the
world as she continues her journey in photography, doing something she truly